tv Day in the Life of Speaker Hastert CSPAN January 3, 2015 9:27am-10:22am EST
clinton's people including jack lew who was president of the office of budget at the white house then. he's now secretary of the treasury. but i think that jack was probably one of the main contacts with the clinton administration and i think they worked pretty well together. >> how do you think he will be remembered? >> i think he will be remembered as a man who helped bring back regular order to the house to pass budgets in a fairly regular manner. and to run the house. and these were very contentious times with impeachment of the president going on and the gingrich years. it was vsh tumultuous. and i think his overall tone was a positive one. >> thank you, ray smock. and now here's dennis hastert in january 999 on the opening day of the 106th congress.
>> good morning. mr. speaker monica is going to be doing the interview. >> thanks so much for taking the time today. >> sure. >> we're set up in here. >> fine. >> how did the conference meeting go? >> very good. this one side was out. just had the rules and ordinary things to do but it went as well as could expect. >> did you see the post this morning? >> no. >> there was an inside story of the press conference. it's great. a great shot. >> didn't have time to open the papers this morning. >> i have them all in my bag. >> right after the intro do we want to break and have the c-span camera leave? >> we'll get the first question.
>> thank you. and we're all set. >> great. mr. speaker you used to teach history and today you're about to step into the history books. how has your teaching background prepared you for this? >> one of the things i think it does is give you an extreme exposure in trying to explain things to human beings. it's the personal touch that you have day in and day out. and of course, teaching is communicating, making things relling vanity to young minds and this job isn't that much different. you have to talk to folks day in and day out. touf make things relevant. touf tell a story so things people understand how things move in sequence. and so it's very much like
teaching day in and day out. >> good morning. how are you doing? you look very nice this morning. >> thank you. >> how are you? great. you're looking dapper. good morning. how are you? hello, thomas. come on in. smile for everybody. you look great. >> we're here with channel 1 news today. >> my wife gene. my son ethan. his friend heidi. and my old friend we were buddies since seventh grade tom jarmen from indiana. >> nice to meet you. >> we're off for an exciting day. >> yes. >> i woke up this morning and the shower was cold. at least i woke up.
>> got up early and -- >> sergeant at arms has brought gene's new pen. >> wonderful. great. now i suppose i'm going to have to pin this on. and a new license plate. your number has moved up. >> you know, each one. we'll put that in collection. well. why don't you help put this on because i am not the best putter oner. and where is my pen? that's nice. >> i'll let you put mine on for
me. very nice. that looks beautiful. >> what is the significance of the pin? >> that's a spouse pin. so really one of the significance is that you can move around in congress and people know that you're with that guy. or i'm with her. >> go through any of the doors. >> everyone knows. >> everyone knows that i would be a spouse and that that's ok for me to go to different places in the capitol. >> right. >> why don't you stick that on. that's beautiful. jean's good at this. good. great. thank you. >> all right. maybe we can just get a couple
of shots working at the desk signing a bill for world peace or whatever. >> not studying my speech. right? >> i think i have a chair here someplace. i think we'll put a chair at the desk. you will to excuse the office. we're in the flux of moving, as you can see. >> sam's going to call you so we b prepared. >> fine. is scott right here, too? all right. hello.
hey. we need to work on this house administration committee. i don't know if i can call. i've got to talk to boehner, alers, nay, and mica. >> ok. >> and so these are people we really have to call. >> i'll call them and try to get that scheduled. >> ok. tom is ok. ewing's ok. boehner's ok. >> ok. >> so i think we need to talk and touch base with alers. >> and mica? >> yeah. >> ok. i'll do it. >> thanks. bye. >> that's the only one. that's all that's left. right, scott? ok. good. thank you. >> i think the headline's on message. that's great. jean's right there. right there. >> jeanness my place usually hidden by the microphone somewhere.
so all good news on the front page too. right? >> all good news. and then here's the relays for your speech today. >> all right. we went over with our other guys on this then. >> even added how you want to make sure that we get our work done or else we're going to stay here until we do. >> good. i talked to both young and casic on this. >> ok. >> so everybody's on mind. as a matter of fact those are some meetings that we're going to have to set up early on. >> good. i'll probably lay the applause on those today. >> i hope so. good.
>> here you are. >> is that yesterday? now, see, deb price wears pink and she just kind of stands out. all those guys with black on -- >> how was dinner last night? >> it was nice. >> it was really great. >> then we had some friends come up and we sat and talked into the -- >> yeah. >> small hours. >> up here? >> back. >> short night. >> they didn't get the rest that he thought you would. >> well, i'm running on adrenaline i think. >> ok.
all right. ready? what time are we supposed to leave? we've got some time. >> i have a question. >> sure. >> probably really simple. but i know it's your first day, what do you do as the speaker every day? >> well, if it's been the last three days you meet with people, day in and day out. you know as the speaker you are the person that everybody officially speaks to on in the house. but you're the person that everybody comes to to have a complaint or request. >> you're a big listener. >> kind of like teaching school. you listen to concerns and try to lay out solutions. you know, obviously in this job you find out that you don't have all the solutions and you have to rely on a lot of god people. you know, in this conference and in this congress. so a lot of talent here. and so one of my jobs i see is kind of like going back and being a coach. you put the stars out front and let them do the job and hope
the coach them along so they're doing the right thing. so it's i guess an analogy that says -- >> well, i've been thinking since i've been reading about you my question has been, well, how do you go from being a teacher to a member of congress? and yet it seems like you bring so much of your teaching brackground into what you're doing here. >> i served in the illinois legislature for six years and last night at the illinois society george ryan was there. and george ryan was the speaker of the house now governor elect for illinois. and you learn a lot as you go in. and i had the same reaction i think to abraham lincoln did when i first went to the general assembly. he looked around and said what am i doing here with all these guys? and two years later saying, i wonder what some of these other guys are doing here. but anyway you learn. and the first thing i learned that you had to accept when you got into this business is there's really a gap between theory and practice and what
you teach and what actually exists. but if you learn to use the philosophy and the teachings and the writings of the founding fatters and then let them lay against the reality that you have to do to get things done, i think it's a pretty good blueprint to be a legislature. >> do you learn something new every day? >> this job is a college education every day. last year, for instance, i was doing health care which you have to know the insurance industry, you have to know the doctors, you have to know hospitals, you have to know the pharmaceutical. all these thing that is have to come together people who make pro thesis. all those issues out there that are tied into what the whole issue of what is health care. then people who are the consumers and what their concerns are and needs. so er day you're learning something that you have to be able to file away and then come back and pull. and the other piece of legislation i worked on last
year was a comprehensive health care, anti-drug bill. so you had the whole issue of people in communities that needed drug rehabilitation community prevention law enforcement, border protection intradicks on the high seas and then working back in countries of drugs and try to -- the cocaine and the marijuana and the popies that they can put different types of crops in. and then the whole banking system because all the money that came from drugs or that didn't get back into the hands of the drug and narcotic drug lords they wouldn't be able to do this. so the whole financial side of it. so there's so many aspects of anything that you do. then you have to understand about submarines and airplanes and missiles. really something that is a challenge day in and day out. >> a college education every day.
>> every day. so have you gotten the calls yet from your former students saying, coach, what's up? >> we of course keep in contact with a lot of those people every day. and they're there. one of the things that last night at the reception at the illinois society reception i looked around and saw a lot of our kids that just came out. it's a neat thing. >> that's great. it must be a very exciting time for you. >> thank you and for my family as well. >> of course. >> what do you think of all this? >> well, you're awful quiet. i've never seen you this quiet before. >> exciting times? >> yeah. it really is. >> i'm just trying to get him through college. >> where do you go to school? >> university of illinois. >> of course. >> what are you studying there?
>> marketing. >> how are you liking it? >> i love it. i really do. >> do you think you might end up in d.c. one day? >> i don't know. >> looking good from here. right? >> i think everybody is a little overwhelmed right now. but ethan here also, what else do you do? tell them with your aviation. >> oh. i'm picking up a minor in aviation and really looking ahead to going to law school and ultimately what i would like to do. >> so many opportunities. right? >> yeah. exactly. >> good. >> ok. >> good morning. how are you doing? great. i hope so. it's a great day. good morning. hi. how are you? really appreciate the great
work you've done. good morning. good morning. thank you. >> thank you reverend. let me begin by first thanking the member and family committee for sponsoring this event. let me also recognize our new speaker elect den ni hastert and his wife jean. that are here today. deni we're all starting a new congress some like yourself are starting this congress in a new role, some as new members.
first, i want to say to the new speaker that gene again harlt and i would like to invite him and his wife jean to our congressional district in missouri and i hope that in the days ahead jean and i can come to your congressional district in illinois. the only problem that i have with this new speaker is that as i understand it he's a chicago cubs fan, and my wife a cardinals fan. and all of you know that i'm a st. louis cardinals fan and he tells me his wife is a st. louis cardinals fan which gives me a real hope. but if sammy sosa and mark mcguire can figure it out, so can we. [applause]
now, mr. speaker you know that over the next two years i'm going to work hard to win a majority back for democratic values and ideas. but i want to shift the focus today away from politics to other ideas to other efforts that we can make together that do us all proud. let's put to rest finally the poisonous politics that has infected this place. [applause] let's join together not only in words but in deed to do right by the people to li up to our oaths and to move our nation forward into a new century of prosperity.
this is hallowed ground. this is a precious place where we have nurtrd and protected for generations our democracy. we have a burden all of us and we have a responsibility to live up to those who have gone before us and today and in the future to reach toward the sky and to listen to our better angels. it is in this spirit that i am proud to hand the gavel to the new speaker of the house to our new speaker of the house the gentleman from illinois dennis hastert. [applause]
speaker's chair. while i have great respect for the traditions of this house, and this institution, i am breaking tra disthis once because my legislative home is here on the floor with you. and so is my heart. [applause] to you the members of the 106st congress, to my family and friends, and constituents, i say thank you. this is not a job that i sought but one that i embraced with determination and enthusiasm. in the next few minutes i will share with you how i plan to carry out the job that you've given me. but let's first i think we need to take a moment and i want to say good-bye to a member of this house who made history. newt this institution has been forever transformed by your
presence. and for years to come all americans will benefit from the changes that you've championed. a balanced budget, welfare reform, tax relief, and in fact this week families all over america are beginning to calculate their taxes and to help them they will find a child tax credit made possible by the congress that you led. [applause] thank you newt. good luck. and god bless you in your new endeavors. those of you here in this house know me but hastert is not exactly a household name across america. so our fellow citizens deserve to know who i am and what i am going to do. what i am is a former high school teacher a wrestling and
football coach a small business man and a state legislature. and for the last 12 years i have been a member of this house. i'm indebted to the people of the 14th congressional district of illinois who continue to send me here to represent them. i believe in limited government. but when government does act it must be for the good of the people. and serving in this body is a privilege. it's not a right. and each of us was sent here to conduct the people's business. and i intend to get down to business. that means formulating, debating and voting on legislation that addresses the problems that the american people want solved. in the turbulent days behind us, debate on merits often gave way to personal attacks. some have felt slighted
insulted, or ignored. that is wrong. and that will change. [applause] solutions to problems cannot be found in a pool of bitterness. they can be found in an environment which we trust one another's word, where we generate heat and passion but where we recognize that each member is equally important to our overall mission of improving life for the american people. in short i believe all of us regardless of party can respect one another and even as fiercely as we disagree on particular issues. and speaking of people who find ways to work together across the political fence, let me bring an analogy to a personal level. two good illinois friends of
mine, george ryan the republican governor elect and richard daley the democratic mayor of chicago, are in the visitor's gallery side by side. and i will ask them to stand to be recognized. [applause] those who know me well will tell you that i am true to my word. to me, a commitment is a commitment. and what you see and hear today is what you will see and hear tomorrow. no one knows me better than my family. my wife jean and our sons josh and ethan are here today. they are my reason for being. and jean, she keeps my -- helps me keep my feet on the ground. and she and my boys are my
daily reminder that home is on the fox river and not the potomac river. [applause] to jean, josh, and ethan thank you for everything. and i love you. [applause] as a teacher, i explained the story of america year after year and i soon came to realize that it was a story, but a story that keeps changing. or we americans are restless people and we like to tackle and solve problems. and we're constantly renewing our nation's experimenting and creating new ways of doing things. and i like to work against the backdrop of american basics. freedom, liberty responsibility, and
opportunity. you can count on me to be a work horse. [applause] my experience as a football and wrestling coach taught me some other lessons that apply here. a good coach knows when to step back and let others shine in the spotlight. president reagan for years had a plaque in his office that said it all. there is no limit to what can be accomplished if you don't mind who gets the credit. [applause] a good coach doesn't rely on only a few star players. everyone in the squad has something to offer. and you never get to the finals without a well-rounded team. and above all a coach worth his salt will instill in his team a sense of fair play
camaraderie, respect for the game, and for the opposition. without those victory is hollow and defeat represents opportunities lost. i found that to be true around here too. so where do we go from here? some media pundits say that we will have two years of stalemate because the republican majority is too small. and some say that the white house spent on revenge will not give us a moment's peace. and some say the minority in this house will prevent passage of serious legislation so that they can later claim this is a do nothing congress. washington is a town of rumors and guesses and speculation. so none of this comes as a surprise. but none of it needs to come true. that is, if we really respect
the voters that sent us here. [applause] we will succeed or fail the pending on how sensible of program we offer. to my democratic colleagues i will say i will meet you halfway. maybe more so on the occasion. cooperation is a two-way street. i expect you to meet me halfway to. the president and a number of democrats have been saying it time to address several issues head on. i will buy that. i think we should agree that
stalemate is not an option. solutions are. and to all my colleagues i say we must get our job done and done now. we have an obligation to pass all the appropriations bills by this summer. and we will not leave this chamber until we do. [applause] i intend to be a good listener. i want to hear ideas and the debate that flows from them. i will have a low tolerance for campaign speeches masquerading
as to the. -- as debate. our country faces for big challenges which we must address. not next month not the next year or the year after that, but now. this challenge follows elements in our security. both are social security and medicare programs. we will run into brick walls in a few years if we don't do something about its now. we will make sure social security is there for those who depend on it. we must consider options for younger workers so we can look forward to an even brighter retirement. nearly a year ago president clinton came here to give his state of the union address.
this year i invite him to return to give us his form plan. we must ensure a secure future for america's children by insisting that every child has a good school and a safe drug free environment. in my 16 years as a teacher i have learned that most of the decisions having to do with education are best left to the people closest to the situation parents, teachers, school board members. what should federal government's role be? it will see that many education dollars go to the classroom where they will do the most
good. the next is economic security. in the early 80's we adopted policies that laid the foundation for long-term growth. that growth is continued ever since. we want our economy to keep on growing. toward that end it is time for us to put a microscope to the way the government takes money from our fellow citizens and how expensive. it combines three notions. one that government is prior claimed to the earnings of all americans as if they work for the government and not the other way around. another notion is the government program, once it begun, will never end.
a third notion is every program must grow each passing year. to borrow a music online, it ain't necessarily so. it won't be as long as im around here and have something to say about it. [applause] we must measure our dollar -- measure every dollar we spend by this criterion. for most americans money doesn't come easy. i work nights in a restaurant. i still remember when tax time came around, our family really felt it. along with tax policies that spirit and sustained growth by
giving tax relief to all working americans. finally there is the challenge of american security in a world of danger in certainty. without it other elements won't be possible. we won't worry about soviet nuclear bombs rating gelled unless it -- raining down on us. rogue state that aims a deadly missile we need to defense capability that matches these turn-of-the-century threats. we have not given them the best equipment they need to match
those assignments. that must be corrected. [applause] these are not democratic or republican issues. we should be able to reach a quick -- reach agreement quickly on the goals. if we aren't earnest about our responsibilities we will find common ground to get the job done area did in the process we will build the people's faith in this great united states congress. as a classroom teacher and coach i've learned the value of brevity. it is work, not talk that wins championships.
now let's get to work. i recognize the dean of the house, the distinguished gentleman from michigan, mr. dingell. [applause] my colleague from the commerce committee whose common sense and fairness i admire. he will administer the oath of office. >> if the gentleman from illinois will please raise his right hand. d solemnly swear to support the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic, and that you will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, that you will well and faithfully discharge the duties of a --
duties of the office which you are about to -- about to enter so help you god? >> i do. [applause] pamela according to the president, the chair will swear and all members of the house at this time. if the members will rise, the chair will administer the oath of office. all members please raise your right hands. do you solemnly swear you will support and defend the constitution of the united states, against all enemies foreign and domestic that will bear the true faith and allegiance to the same? that you take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion that you